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India-bound Volkswagen T-Cross SUV, Jeep Compass rival, scores five stars at Euro NCAP

Aditya Chatterjee

The Volkswagen T-Cross SUV, that is expected to be launched in India by early 2020, has scored five stars in the Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) safety tests. As claimed by Volkswagen, the T-Cross SUV features numerous driver assistance systems as standard which were previously available in higher vehicle categories. In terms of numbers,  the Volkswagen T-Cross SUV has scored 97 per cent in adult protection, 86 per cent for safety of child occupant. The active support systems scored a rating of 80 percent. In addition to passive protection equipment, the Volkswagen T-Cross also features active Front Assist to look out for pedestrians' and cyclists' safety.

The comments on the adult occupant protection states, "The passenger compartment of the T-Cross remained stable in the frontal offset test. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. VW showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sitting in different positions. In the full-width rigid barrier test, protection of the driver dummy was good for all critical body areas and was at least adequate for the rear passenger. In both the side barrier and the more severe side pole impacts, protection of all critical body regions was good and the T-Cross scored maximum points in both tests.

"Tests on the front seats and head restraints demonstrated good protection against whiplash injury in the event of a rear-end collision. A geometric assessment of the rear seats also indicated good whiplash protection. The standard-fit 'Front Assist' autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system performed well in tests of its functionality at the low speeds, typical of city driving, at which many whiplash injuries occur."

The VW T-Cross comes with Front Assist area monitoring system including Pedestrian Monitoring, City Emergency Braking System, Lane Assist, Hill Start Assist and the proactive occupant protection system as standard.  The vehicle's equipment includes lane change assist, Blind Spot Monitor and the associated Rear Traffic Alert. Driver Alert System, Park Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), as part of which the vehicle is controlled by a radar sensor to automatically brake and accelerate, are optionally available.

The Volkswagen T-Cross SUV will rival the likes of the Jeep Compass, Hyundai Creta, Kia SP2i SUV and also the recently unveiled MG Hector. Internationally the Volkswagen T-Cross will be offered with four engine options including three petrol and one diesel. These include Volkswagen's 1.0-litre, three cylinder TSI petrol engine in two states of tunes - 95PS and 115PS. There's a 1.5 litre, four cylinder TSI petrol engine on offer too, that produces 150PS, while the diesel engine is a 95PS, 1.6-litre, four cylinder engine. The engines can be had with either five- or six-speed manual gearboxes or Volkswagen's seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox dubbed the DSG.

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